WILMINGTON, MA – Earlier this month, Wilmington resident Joyce Dalton and her sister Verlie Quinan, the Gold Star sisters of fallen hero of Wilmington Ronald Dow Eaton – KIA / MIA of the Korean War – were honored to lay a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.
According to the US Commission on Battle Monuments:
“Ensign Eaton was the pilot of an F4U-4 Corsair fighter with Fighter Squadron 74 aboard the aircraft carrier USS BON HOMME RICHARD (CV-31). On June 25, 1952, he was attacking a target in the Wonsan area of North Korea, when his plane was hit by the flak at an altitude of 8,000 feet and he jumped. It was successfully recovered by an H-5H helicopter piloted by Captain Leslie W. Lear of the 3 US Air Force Rescue Squadron. Captain Lear’s plane was hit by enemy fire and crashed ten miles south of Chongsong-ni Korea, killing all three on board. His remains have not been found. His name is inscribed on the Missing Courts at the Honolulu Memorial.
Ensign Eaton has been awarded the Air Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal .
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